Alexander Rishaug, Ingrid Bjørnaali

Alexander Rishaug (b. 1974) is a sound artist and composer that operates in the expanding field of sound art, visual art and natural science. He focuses on site-specific studies, listening and acoustic ecology. How sound and listening transforms our experience of place, time andspace. Heis a graduate from NordlandKunst-og Filmhøyskole in Kabelvåg (1991-1993) and NTNU, Kunstakademiet in Trondheim (1996-2000). From 2018-2021 he was an artistic research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Academy of Arts, UIT-The Arctic University of Norway. He’s been teaching workshops in listening practice,sound recording and audio editing at theAcademy of Arts, UiT The Arctic University of Norwayin Tromsø and NordlandKunst-og Filmhøyskolein Kabelvåg.

He has collaborated with artists and performers such as Espen Sommer Eide, Haco (JPN),Asbjørn Blokkum Flø,James Wellburn, Simon Wetham,Lasse Marhaug, Tetsuro Yasunaga,Ole Henrik Moe,Future Farmers,Maja Ratkje, Kari Rønnekleiv, Sigbjørn Apeland, Hilde MarieHolsen, Thomas Ankersmit (NL),Siri Austen,Ivar Bjørnsson,Andrea Belfi, Ballongmagasinet,Elin Mar Vister, Michael Duch,Hilde Marie Holsen,Tape(SE),Pekka Stokke, Marius Watz, HCGilje, ErikBerger (FIN), Ilan Katin (US), Andreas Paleologos and UK collective Squidsoup.Rishaug has been releasing albums for international labels such as: Asphodel, SmalltownSupersound,CASE,Melektronikk, Lucky Kitchen, Rune Grammofon, Freakout Cult,Enlightenment, Cronica Electronica, Eilean records and Tapeworm.

Ingrid Bjørnaali (b. 1991) is a multidisciplinary artist from Norway, based in Oslo. In her video practice, she explores specific biotopes with digital camera technologies, and proceeds to work with these bits and pieces of nature based on their virtual outcome. Bjørnaaliis interested in various processes of learning from-and interpreting our surrounding nature and co-existing species through e.g. photogrammetry that relates to satellite mapping and mediation of anthropocentric spaces and monuments. Her works explore the omnipresence of the digital in our experience of the world as well as the inability of technology to adequately articulate matter’s complexity. She obtained an MFA in 2021 from the Oslo National Academy ofthe Arts, with parts of the studies spent in Helsinki at the Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia’s “Time and Space Arts”.Works have been exhibited in Norway, Finland, Iceland, Croatia, Romania, Canada, Malta and in international online biennials.

The duo of Alexander Rishaug and Ingrid Bjørnaali  will perform on October 8, the final day of the festival, – it is a free-entry concert, organized in collaboration with LYRA, a project for kids and teens that is supported by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

The initial stages of the sonic part of this performance were conceived as part of Alexander Rishaug’s LYRA workshops for kids and youth in Riga, Daugavpils and Tromsø.

LYRA receives grants in the amount of EUR 206,256.00 within the framework of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. The project aims to introduce kids and teenagers to experimental music and to get them involved in its creation. As it is democratic and non-hierarchical in essence, experimental music gives trained and untrained kids the chance to take part in making music. Since the project crosses social and ethnic divides, it is also socially inclusive.

Total LYRA eligible costs: EUR 202,510.00, European Economic Area financial instrument programme Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Culture Cooperation support sum: 85% or EUR 85,000.00, of which:

  • European Economic Area financial instrument co-financing: 85% or EUR 175,317.60;
  • State Budget co-financing: 15% or EUR 30,938.40.